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pudency

[pyood-n-see]
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noun
  1. modesty; bashfulness; shamefacedness.
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Origin of pudency

1605–15; < Late Latin pudentia shame, equivalent to Latin pudent- (stem of pudēns, present participle of pudēre to be ashamed) + -ia -y3; see -ency
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Related Words for pudency

humiliation, guilt, confusion, irritation, remorse, scandal, stigma, contempt, disrepute, pang, abashment, mortification, obloquy, blot, reproach, dishonor, derision, discredit, stupefaction, compunction

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Historical Examples of pudency

  • The youthful artist working in any medium is prone to be impatient of the prejudices of Anglo-Saxon pudency.

    The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1

    Elizabeth Bisland


British Dictionary definitions for pudency

pudency

noun
  1. modesty, shame, or prudishness
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Word Origin for pudency

C17: from Late Latin pudentia, from Latin pudēre to feel shame
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